Viva l'Italia

Some 22 years after its entry into force the maternity leave directive seems outdated. The Parliament voted in October 2010 to extend maternity leave to at least 20 fully-paid weeks, but four years later this is still being blocked by governments in the EU Council. The European Commission now wants to withdraw the proposal. According… » read more

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In July the European Parliament announced to open talks over the maternity leave reform. In 2010 the EP approved in first reading the draft proposal, but it never came into force. The reform cannot be stuck forever, so the European commission recently announced plans to withdraw it, after four years’ deadlock, because there is no… » read more

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Italy never fails to astonish us. In the beginning of July 2014 Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino, who is still on trial over manslaughter and abandoning ship, took part in a conference on forensic psychopathology in Rome. The seminar was organized by La Sapienza University School of Medicine, Tuscany’s popular newspaper La Nazione reported. In… » read more

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E’ la burocrazia che ha fatto “scappare” all’estero Spreaker, la start up italiana nota per aver creato l’omonima App online e mobile, che permette di creare la propria radio da casa e di caricare e trasmettere qualunque tipo di contenuto audio. Sono tre milioni gli utenti registrati in tutto il mondo. La società dovrebbe uscire… » read more

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The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched an open data platform on Development Aid, aimed at improving transparency on funds to developing countries. The new website is still under development. The Ministry already provides OECD with an annual report on this data. Information on 2004-2012 period is already available on the new website. In… » read more

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On Friday, June 13th, the Italian Government is due to adopt a set of measures reforming the Public Administration. The adoption follows a one moth on-line public consultation as the new legislative package aims to improve efficiency in the public sector. On Thursday the Italian Minister for the Public Administration, Marianna Madia, 33, is expected… » read more

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Catalunya: ara és l’hora?

by Alessandra Flora, Rome, Italy L’indipendenza della Catalunya non ci sarà. Lo ha ribadito alla Casa Bianca il premier spagnolo Mariano Rajoy nel corso del suo ultimo incontro con il presidente degli Stati Uniti, Barack Obama. Difficilmente, però, le dichiarazioni di Rajoy porranno fine a una questione che resta sostanzialmente aperta, alla luce di una… » read more

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Last July the Italian Authority for Guarantees in Communications (AGCOM) proposed a new regulation on copyright protection and launched a public consultation on it. Someone has compared it to the French Hanopi law, but it is quite different. The public dialogue now includes bloggers, journalists, Internet Service Providers, but also consumer associations, lawyers and common… » read more

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